ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Wheatley Elementary School was forced to close its doors last year. A newly rebuilt school is set to open by the end of next school year.
Rodent droppings, termites and rust were discovered throughout the building, which workers said could have been causing faculty and students to get sick.
On Monday, parents whose children attend Wheatley and community members who attended the school got their first look at the plans for their
"I've lived here for quite a while and seen all the other schools improved and changed, and so when is our time and our time is now," said former student Freddie Filmore.
Filmore said the school hadn't changed much since he attended in the 1950s.
The new 40-classroom building will have a media center and computer lab, and will keep the current gymnasium.
"That's one of the blessings of when you rebuild a current
In addition to upgrading the
The old school is set to be demolished in a few weeks.